be a shadow of (someone's or something's) old self

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be a shadow of (someone's or something's) old self

To be weaker or inferior in comparison to how someone or something was previously, often due to negative circumstances. After suffering from a prolonged illness, Sharon was a shadow of her old self. This town is a shadow of its old self after so many of its residents have moved away.
See also: of, old, shadow
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